This book intends to introduce significance and efficacy of bio-polymers in diverse fields to the learners at graduate and post graduate level in various universities. Synthetic polymeric materials have captured almost every single field from food packaging to medicines, but at the same time their indiscriminate use is becoming a major threat to the environment as disposal of non-degradable material is still a big challenge to the industries. The present book will enable the learners growing importance of modified bio-polymers with enhanced properties.
The first chapter of the book elaborates on starch as a potential bio-polymer. It reviews the morphology and amylose composition of starch in detail. The next chapter throws light on physico-chemical properties of natural bio-polymer that can be enhanced further for broader range of applications. Chapter 3 and 4 are the key components of the book extensively covering contemporary methods of physical and chemical modification. Applications of starch are discussed in chapter 5 inviting scope for researchers to explore enhanced properties of modified bio-polymers for wide applications. Role of cross- linker in modifying native starch is emphasized in chapter 6 with special focus on application of modified starch as trace pollutant adsorbent. The concluding chapter reviews the experimental study of cross- linked potato starch supplemented by characterization using instrumental techniques. Author expects the learners to develop interest in studying and synthesizing modified bio-polymers to explore applications in diverse fields.